City of Kwinana
Is a Power Partner
We’re fortunate to be a City physically surrounded by natural bushland and beautiful green open spaces. The Kwinana community are passionate about the natural environment, and as a City we are proud to take a leading role in managing the impacts of climate change while still accommodating population growth and development . The risks of climate change are incorporated into the City’s operational plans, policies and developmental assessments.The City of Kwinana is pleased to be involved in the Cities Power Partnership and we look forward to working together and sharing experiences with other local governments facing similar challenges
Partnership Action Pledge
Our power partners are committed to switching to non-polluting energy and reducing emissions in their communities.
Provide Council resources to educate and support the uptake of renewable energy such as by hiring an internal renewable energy support officer or establishing an independent body (such as the Moreland and Yarra Energy Foundations
Install renewable energy (solar PV and battery storage) on council buildings for example childcare facilities, libraries, street lighting, recreation centres, sporting grounds, and council offices.
Encourage local businesses and residents to take up solar PV, battery storage and solar hot water heating. This can be done through providing incentives (such as solar bulk buy schemes or flexible payment options) or streamlining approval processes (such as removing planning and heritage barriers to solar PV).
Adopt best practice energy efficiency measures across all council buildings, and support community facilities to adopt these measures
Public lighting can use a large proportion of a city’s energy budget. Roll out energy efficient lighting (particularly street lighting) across the municipality
Ensure Council fleet purchases meet strict greenhouse gas emissions requirements and support the uptake of electric vehicles.
Implement an education and behaviour change program to influence the behaviour of council officers, local residents and businesses within the municipality to drive the shift to renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport.
City of Kwinana
What council has achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability
The City has been acting on climate change over a number of years and adopted a Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Plan in 2015. To date 142KW of solar panels have been installed on 4 Council facilities with further projects planned. Real time monitoring, LED lighting and solar hot water systems have also been installed in Council buildings. In addition the City has commenced an annual street tree planting program in residential areas with the least urban canopy to mitigate the urban heat island effect. The City works with the Community through our participation in the Switch Your Thinking Program which offers discounts on sustainable products as well as workshops and programs for the community.
What council hopes to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability
The City would like to continue to work towards our climate change mitigation and adaptation goals. We intend to do this by expanding on the above activities, particularly the solar panel and street tree planting programs. The City is currently reviewing our Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Plan and will incorporate ideas from the CPP pledges into this plan.
What council hopes to gain from being a member of the Cities Power Partnership
The City is looking forward to the opportunity to promote and gain broader recognition for our work as well as the support and networking between local governments.